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Connie Thorson Chandler Interview

Date: May 25, 2004
Location: Lopez Island, Washington
Interviewer: David Neiwert
Videographer: John Pai
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-159
01:11:05
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Caucasian female. Born 1938 in Denver, Colorado. Father worked for the Bureau of Reclamation at the time WWII broke out, so family lived in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, in 1942. Mrs. Chandler was a child at the time, and attended elementary school in Minidoka. Moved to Twin Falls for junior high and high school years before attending the University of Washington. Lives on Lopez Island, Washington, spending part of the year in a small community in Honduras.
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Connie Thorson Chandler Interview
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Family background: parents met in North Dakota Segment 1 of 21 [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-1 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Early memories of the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: guard checkpoint, difference between camp inmate versus administration housing Segment 2 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-2 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Segment 3 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-3 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Attending school in the Minidoka concentration camp as a white child Segment 4 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-4 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Childhood memories of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: going into town, ice skating Segment 5 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-5 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Memories of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: mealtimes, physical conditions Segment 6 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-6 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Segment 7 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-7 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington As a white child in Minidoka, altering eye appearance to fit in with Japanese American children Segment 8 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-8 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Segment 9 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-9 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Memories of Christmas festivities in camp, celebrating with Norwegian kitchen workers Segment 10 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-10 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Moving out of camp to Twin Falls: comparing Minidoka camp school to school in Twin Falls Segment 11 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-11 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Post-WWII life; wartime camp experiences' effect on racial views postwar Segment 12 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-12 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Getting married Segment 13 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-13 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Thoughts on the redress movement: "I thought it was very demeaning" Segment 14 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-14 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Having children, living in Bellevue, Washington, and Lopez Island, Washington Segment 15 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-15 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Experiences living part of the year in a small community in Honduras Segment 16 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-16 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Thoughts on racism Segment 17 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-17 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Looking back on camp experience Segment 18 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-18 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Segment 19 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-19 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Not talking with parents in postwar years about camp experience Segment 20 of 21 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-20 .
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Interview location: Lopez Island, Washington Sharing camp experience with children: "Put yourself in somebody else's shoes first, and then judge" Segment 21 of 21 [ Previous segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1000-159-21 .
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history